Margaret Blank – Back to the Garden
With the song running through my head, I dug through my stash and found the large piece of fabric I had ‘parfait dyed’ a few years ago. I’d never planned to cut it up, thinking I would do a large whole cloth piece, but it was so reminiscent of 1960s tie-dye that I sliced out a square and began to work. I sandwiched the piece and using a slightly shiny polyester thread in yellow, machine stitched spiked quilting “rays” to emulate the sun, radiating from the upper left corner diagonally down to the lower corners – from sky to earth as it were. There is a wide white swath between Heaven and Earth, across which stars and stardust are tumbling…back to the Garden.
Once quilted, I studded the ‘sky’ with tiny star-shaped sequins, secured by seed beads. For the ‘stardust’, I added even tinier gold seed beads. I tried to achieve a random placement of stars and ‘stardust’ across the ‘sky’.
Once that was complete, I turned my attention to the ‘earth’ — the Garden. Using hand-dyed silk floss left from an embroidery project (purchased, not dyed by me), I used seed stitch to highlight areas of growth, and added ‘rainbow’ beads to suggest flowers. There is a large dark brown area just right of centre that has been left empty — symbolizing, I think, the Fall — the part of the Garden that has yet to be redeemed.